Roman Catholic Church

Marriage Preparation Course

All couples wishing to marry in a Catholic Church in the Archdiocese of Birmingham have to attend a Marriage Preparation Course.This is because of the very serious commitment you will be making to each other and the importance of it to society as a whole.

At St Gregory’s the Marriage Preparation programme has two options for delivery although the content is the same.


Our Marriage Preparation Course mainly uses the Alpha programme, which is based on Christian Principles and is recognised by the Catholic Church. It covers 5 key areas designed to help engaged couples develop strong foundations for a lasting marriage:

  • The importance of commitment
  • Expressing feelings and learning to listen
  • Keeping love alive
  • Resolving conflict
  • Talking about goals and values

Throughout the course there are plenty of opportunities to talk to your partner during the discussion times. At these times you will cover topics / issues arising from the presentations.

St Gregory's Marriage Preparation Course

Delivery of the course

The course can be delivered in two ways and  each couple can choose which is their preferred option. The  content will be the same whichever is your choice.

Option 1- Group Delivery
The next Marriage Course will be held on Saturday 26th January 2019 & Saturday 9th February 2019.

The course takes place over two Saturdays in Stratford-upon-Avon starting at about 10.00am and finishing at 5.00pm on the first Saturday and 2.00pm on the second Saturday.

There will be other couples attending the course and there will be a number of people from the Marriage Preparation Team who will be presenting, managing the day and supplying the coffee, tea and lunch.

Option 2- Individual Delivery 

The course will be delivered over 4/5 evenings and is best run over four/five weeks with each evening session lasting about two hours.

Timing and dates to be arranged between you and the couple leading the course, which will take place in the married couple's home in or near Stratford.

In the individual environment you would probably have more opportunity to ask questions etc of the leading couple. As the course is given over 4/5 weeks , there is also more time for reflection between the various topics covered.

Marriage Prep Course

Next steps 

After you have agreed a date for your wedding with the Parish Priest Father Alex, then please contact the co-ordinators to book you on the Marriage Preparation Course. You can then discuss with them whether you would prefer the Group option or Individual format for the course.

The co-ordinators' contact details are:
Peter & Jane Donaghue;
Home - 01789 298525  Mobile - 07774210939

Some feedback we were given…

"It was good to do some preparation for life beyond the wedding day. I've a better understanding of the commitment and importance of our relationship " 

"The course made us talk about things that we had not discussed before"

" The course was useful to us because it made us examine our relationship "

"Great to take time out to concentrate on topics you can easily neglect"

" I enjoyed getting to know my fiance better"


Mass Times

14/15th April 2018 Third Sunday of Easter (Year B) 

St Gregory's
Saturday Vigil Mass:5.30pm
Sunday Mass 8.15am (this Mass is temporarily suspended)
Sunday Solemn High Mass 11.15am

Polish Mass 1.00pm


Our Lady of Peace

Sunday Mass 9.30am

Weekday Masses 
Monday 16th  April  9.30am:  Communion Service

Tuesday 17th April: 9.30am Mass

Wednesday 18th 9.30am:  Mass

Thursday 19th 11.00am: Requiem Mass - Maureen McNally


Friday 20th 9.30am: Mass 







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